Sunday, 22 June 2014

Plugging Holes

A couple of posts ago I mentioned that the drain plug had been ripped out of the hull. Today the weather was finally nice enough to get underneath and reinstall it.

Three holes had to be drilled, and the surface cleaned up. The plug itself had to be cleaned up too. and put in for a dry fit.

On the inside, I wanted to use large washers, but they covered the hole and overlapped. The easiest solution was to bend them at 90ยบ. This also made them more rigid.

With everything ready, a healthy amount of 3M 5200 was applied, and the bolts secured. It is a lot stronger now, and it should not be possible for me to pull it out with a simple hex wrench again.

This was the most important pre-launch job, so with that out of the way, I'm a lot closer to putting in the water for the season. Next on the list is installing the new windex bracket.

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